By Bram

2019-02-11 18:56:37 8 Comments

I have some photos on a linux computer that I would like to add to a Shared iPhotos Album.

So I thought I would log in to my account and add them there.

To my surprise, the shared albums are not even listed on my account? Why not?

How can I add photos to my shared iPhoto album with a non Apple computer?

UPDATE: My Mac doesn't even show the Shared Albums, even though I use the same account as on my iOS devices.

UPDATE2: I am running MacOS10.13.6

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UPDATE3: Thank you @fsb it was indeed an iCloud setting: "iCloud Photo Sharing" that wasn't enabled.

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@fsb 2019-02-11 19:56:34

Shared albums are not available to view on You can only create albums and add/delete photos in albums on a device and then share a link to them.

You'd have to share your album and send yourself a link in order to see in online.

You can add/delete photos from any shared album while on your Mac. After you do that, any subscribers to that album, Mac or PC, will be able to see the changes you made.

Add items to a shared album

  1. In the Photos app on your Mac, click a shared album under Shared in the sidebar.

  2. Click “Add photos and videos.”

  3. Select the photos, video clips, and Live Photos that you want, then click Add.

  4. Subscribers to your shared album can play the video in the Live Photos.

Remove items from a shared album

  1. In the Photos app on your Mac, click a shared album under Shared in the sidebar.

  2. Select the items you want to remove, press Delete, then click Delete.

  3. Photos removes the items from the shared album, but leaves the original items in your library.

Important: If you delete photos or videos that others added to the shared album, you won’t have copies of them in your library. If you want to keep these items, download them from the shared album before deleting them.


@Bram 2019-02-11 20:10:48

I don't have "Shared" in the sidebar on my Mac running MacOS10.13.6 version. See update.

@fsb 2019-02-11 20:21:53

You didn't mention your macOS version so I assumed it was the latest. Can you edit your question to add that info as well as the appropriate tag? If you go to the link in my answer, you can change the version dropdown to High Sierra.

@Bram 2019-02-11 20:37:05

It has the same instruction for High Sierra: "In the Photos app on your Mac, click a shared album under Shared in the sidebar."

@fsb 2019-02-11 21:06:01

Are you signed-in to iCloud on this Mac? If so, is iCloud Photo Sharing enabled in System Preferences (& Photos Preference, I think)? Is your Photos Library setup as your System Photos Library? This was all a bit complicated in High Sierra, unfortunately. See this link for guidance.

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